Methamphetamine, or Meth, is one of the more dangerous drugs on the street market today. In low dosages, meth can increase alertness, concentration, and energy in fatigued individuals and higher doses can induce mania, feelings of self-esteem and increased libido. However, long term use of Methamphetamine has a high association with depression and suicide as well as serious heart disease, amphetamine psychosis, anxiety, and violent behaviors.
Though it may be a difficult journey, breaking from meth addiction is possible. Many treatment centers have programs designed to help individuals detox from meth addiction, such as Sovereign Health, but the process isn’t, easy, painless or short.
First Part Of Detox
The first part of meth detox is always withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms occur to everyone who detoxes from meth, and all addictive substances, but will affect different people differently. Meth withdrawal usually occurs in 2 phases; the Acute phase and the Protracted phase. The Acute phase is the first phase of withdrawal from meth and usually lasts around roughly a week to 10 days and can include symptoms such as; irritability, intense drug cravings, mood swings and sleeping problems. This phase is the more difficult phase as many of the symptoms are more intense than during the Protracted phase.
During the Protracted phase, the second phase of meth detox, many symptoms being to alleviate or disappear altogether. This phase, which can last for many weeks or months after the completion of the acute phase, usually has only four major symptoms including: cravings, problems with thinking and memory, sleeping problems and depression.
Researchers believe that most meth withdrawal symptoms occur for 3 primary reasons. Firstly, chronic meth use depletes the levels of certain neurotransmitters, like dopamine in the nervous system. Secondly chronic meth use causes a reduction of receptors for neurotransmitters like dopamine, so a person would have insufficient levels of dopamine and also too few receptors for what little they do have left. Finally, chronic meth use causes neurotoxicity (brain damage). This brain damage can take a long time to heal and this is one reason why some meth withdrawal symptoms like thinking problems, depression and cravings, can persist for a long time after you quit.
Although the withdrawal from some drugs can be life threatening (like alcohol or benzodiazepines) methamphetamine withdrawal, by itself, is rarely dangerous. However, in some extreme cases, the way methamphetamine withdrawal makes a person think or feel can lead one to hurt himself or others.
Life After Detox
Once an individual is finally through the withdrawal process or is ready to move on, the next step is to find a way to manage the detox process. While, in theory, it’s possible to detox from meth at home, the most common road is to enter into partial for full time treatment. Entering into treatment is also the most successful route, as it lends automatic support to the person in detox. A treatment program is also the best option for those who have tried detoxing before without success and who have serious worries about the process.
In the detox treatment process there are two major options; residential and non-residential care. Some people are able to detox from meth in a non-residential setting, especially if they’re in otherwise good health and are living in a safe environment. However, for individuals living in unsafe conditions, battling multiple conditions or in otherwise poor health it is suggested to enter into a residential treatment program.
While the details about meth use and detoxing from it can be complicated, with the proper support and information anyone can successfully detox from meth use. For more information about Sovereign Health Group’s meth detox program contact our admissions representatives.
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